Unlike some media players made for Windows computers, VLC is compatible with Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Android, Unix, Solaris, iOS iPhone, and other platforms for all digital devices. The control panel and platform design are customizable for you to give the app your personal touch.
You can add ready-made skins, or you can create your own with the VLC skin editor. The app allows you to install different extensions for an even better viewing experience. It can load all your videos from your Photos app, and songs from Windows Media Player into the VLC platform, for you to have all your files in one place.
UDP/RTP Unicast, UDP/RTP Multicast, HTTP / FTP, MMS, TCP/RTP Unicast, DCCP/RTP Unicast, File, DVD Video, Video CD / VCD, SVCD, Audio CD (no DTS-CD), DVB (Satellite, Digital TV, Cable TV), MPEG encoder, Video acquisition.
MPEG (ES,PS,TS,PVA,MP3), AVI, ASF / WMV / WMA, MP4 / MOV / 3GP, OGG / OGM / Annodex, Matroska (MKV), Real, WAV (including DTS), Raw Audio: DTS, AAC, AC3/A52, Raw DV, FLAC, FLV (Flash), MXF, Nut, Standard MIDI / SMF, Creative™ Voice.
SAP/SDP announces, Bonjour protocol, Mozilla/Firefox plugin, ActiveX plugin, SVCD Menus, Localization, CD-Text, CDDB CD info, IGMPv3, IPv6, MLDv2, CPU acceleration.
Plays all formats
DVD, Text files (MicroDVD, SubRIP, SubViewer, SSA1-5, SAMI, VPlayer), Closed captions, Vobsub, Universal Subtitle Format (USF), SVCD / CVD, DVB, OGM, CMML, Kate. ID3 tags, APEv2, Vorbis comment.
VLC Media Player is a favorite of many video watchers thanks to abundant format support, style, and customization options. There aren’t many videos this app can’t play and play amazingly well. It’s more than enough to be the only video player you’ll ever need on your computer.
With a new audio core, hardware decoding and encoding, port to mobile platforms, preparation for Ultra-HD video and special care to support more formats, 2.1 is a major upgrade for VLC 2020.
In addition to being a universal media player, this app is open source, which means you can find people who create new add-ons and builds for it, as well as create your own version. The basic version of the program is anything but, featuring playlist and streaming support in addition to the ability to play just about any video on your PC. It gives you plenty of screen real estate by placing all of the buttons on its menu at the bottom and making them small enough to be ignored. VLC Media Player lets you add audio and video effects as you’re watching a video for extra fun — and supports more playlist formats for easy, hands-free viewing. It even lets you create playlists on the fly and edit them from inside the app. The app supports extensions and add-ons from all over the Web if you can find them.
Sometimes, a video that looks pixelated, plays too slowly, pauses every few seconds, doesn’t display the right colors, or looks blurry is not a low-quality file. A video file can have good quality and still look bad in a basic media player. The problem is not the video; it’s the app that plays it.
A small 3GP or WMV video file can appear pixelated or out of focus on a full-HD 1080 PC screen. That’s because the file format is not a good fit for that screen. 3GPs play best in 3G phones, not even 4G or 5G phones. WMH files won’t look great or won’t open in Mac PCs because they are for Windows Media.
The standard version of the program covers most of the bases you need, though. VLC Media Player has consistently been one of the most popular video players for years, and that isn’t changing anytime soon. It gives users more flexibility and format support than most other players and stays on the cutting edge in terms of features.
- 360 video and 3D audio
- Modifying subtitle size live
- Drag and drop support
- 8K support (hardware decoding is on by default)
- Chromecast/Google Cast support
- Deinterlacing filter, including an Inverse Telecine algorithm.
- Resamplers for higher quality audio.
- Dynamic range compressor and karaoke filters.
- Rewritten support for images, including jpeg, png, xcf, bmp, etc.
- Important changes in RealVideo and Real Format support.
- CrystalHD cards and Android OpenMAX support for hardware decoding.
- Simplification of the audio core for faster processing.
- Audio outputs for iOS, Android and OS/2.
- Multi-threaded decoding for H.264, MPEG-4/Xvid, and WebM.
- Support for 10bits codecs, WMV image, and some other codecs.
- HDR and 10-bit video
- HMDI Audio passthrough
- Network browsing for NAS systems
- HD DVD support
- Rewritten video output core and modules, allowing blending in GPU.
- Shader support in the OpenGL output, for conversion, including 10bits.
- Video outputs for Windows 10 64 bit, 8 and 7, Android, iOS and OS/2.
- Debanding, grain, denoising, and anti-flickering filters.
AVI files are uncompressed. Although you get gorgeous video and audio quality, five seconds of video can be over 80MB in size, depending on the complexity of the image or animation. The heavier the file, the longer it takes for your PC to play it, and the more memory it uses up. VLC’s smart decoding makes videos run faster.